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Assoc. Prof. Hēmi Whaanga

Iwi: Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha


Qualifications: PhD Waikato, MA (Applied) Waikato, PGDipSLT Waikato, BA (Te Tohu Paetahi) Waikato


hemi@waikato.ac.nz

Associate Dean Research

Research Interests

I have worked in various areas of linguistics (including discourse analysis, te reo Māori, applied linguistics, language curriculum), and Mātauranga Māori (including traditional knowledge, traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous ethics, digitisation of indigenous knowledge, indigenous taxonomy, naming and Māori astronomy).  My main current interests concern: language, society and traditional ecological knowledge; Māori astronomy, ritual and ecological-knowledge; and the digitisation of indigenous knowledge.  The projects I am involved in aim to understand these links:

  • ‘Te Tāhū o te Pātaka Whakairinga Kōrero: Next Generation Indigenous Knowledge.’ Science for Technological Innovation funded project.
  • ‘People, Cities and Nature: Restoring indigenous nature in urban environments’. MBIE Endevour funded project.
  • ‘Te Mauria Whiritoi: The sky as a cultural resource - Māori astronomy, ritual and ecological knowledge’. Marsden funded project.
  • ‘He rongo i te reo rauriki, i te reo reiuru: Whakataukī and conservation of biodiversity in Aotearoa.’ Marsden funded project.
  • ‘E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū: Indigenous methods of naming native and introduced bird species of Aotearoa.’ Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga funded project.
  • ‘The ethics, processes and procedures associated with the digitisation of the Pei Jones Collection.’ Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga funded project.
  • ‘Exploring a Māori classificatory system around flora and fauna within Tainui waka.’ Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga funded project.

About

Dr Hēmi Whaanga is an associate professor in Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao (The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies).  Hēmi has been involved, in various capacities as a project leader, writer and researcher, in a range of linguistic, indigenous Māori knowledge (Mātauranga Māori) and curriculum projects. He has published in the areas of Mātauranga Māori, traditional ecological knowledge, digitisation of indigenous knowledge, language revitalisation, linguistics, language teaching and curriculum development.

Expertise

Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Linguistics; Maori; Maori Culture/Tikanga; Maori Language; Maori Language and Computing; Maori Language and Technology; Maori Research; Te Reo (Maori Language)

Papers Taught

MAOR570 - Te Mahi Rangahau: Māori and Pacific Research Methods and Issues
MAOR591 - Dissertation
MPDV390 - Directed Study

Current Supervision

Michael Taiapa - PhD student. Thesis title: Beyond structuralism: Reconceptualizing pedagogically-oriented descriptions of languages with a focus on te reo Māori
Ngaire Tihema - PhD student. Thesis title: The Teaching and Learning of Te Reo Māori in Tertiary Educational Contexts
Te Urukeiha Raharuhi - PhD student. Thesis title: Te kawa whakauru ora: Collective participation of Ngati Hinekura in indigenous wellbeing research
Hohepa Tuahine - PhD student. Thesis title: Ko Atutahi kei te taumata o te Mangoroa

Completed

Jackie Tuaupiki - PhD (2017). Thesis title: E kore e ngaro, he takere waka nui: Te mātauranga whakatere waka me ōna take nunui.

Joeliee Seed-Pihama – PhD Thesis (2017). Title: Ko wai tō ingoa? The transformative potential of Māori naming narratives.

Tom Roa – PhD (2016). Title: An examination of the significance of inter-propositional relations in translation theory and practice with particular reference to Māori-English and English-Māori translation.

Murray Peters – PhD (2014). Title: Reclaiming the Māori language for future generations: flax root perspectives. Tīkina te mana o te reo Māori: Te pūtaketanga o te pā harakeke.

Jillian Tipene – PhD (2014). Title: Te tuhirau i rehu i ringa - Translating sacred and sensitive texts: An indigenous perspective.

Roger Lewis – PhD (2014). Title: The application of critical discourse theory to language revitalisation discourse.

Keao NeSmith – PhD (2012) - Mellon-Hawai’i Doctoral Fellow. Title: The teaching and learning of Hawaiian language and culture in public high schools and tertiary level schools in Hawai‘i: Issues relating to linguistic and cultural continuity and discontinuity.

Raukura Roa – PhD (2012). Title: Formulaic discourse patterning in mōteatea.

Current

Anaha Hiini– PhD student. Thesis title: Te reo o Te Arawa.

Amelia Williams – PhD student. Thesis title: Iwi cultural identity: The praxis of narrative.

Hohepa Tuahine - PhD student. Thesis title: Ko Atutahi kei te taumata o te Mangoroa.

Iraia Bailey – PhD student. Thesis title: Ki te kore te hāpori reo, kua tāmate kē te reo.

Jacqui Keelan– PhD student. Thesis title: Te aho tapu: The sacred thread.

Kalei Nuuhiwa– PhD student. Thesis title: Kaulana Mahina - He ha'awina ho'omana: A Hawaiian worldview of the lunar calendar: Empowering approaches to ceremony & ritual.

Michael Taiapa - PhD student. Thesis title: Beyond structuralism: Reconceptualizing pedagogically-oriented descriptions of languages with a focus on te reo Māori.

Ngaire Tihema - PhD student. Thesis title: The teaching and learning of Te Reo Māori in tertiary educational contexts.

Rovina Anderson – PhD student. Thesis title: I belong therefore I am: Tainui whakapapa.

Tammy Hailiopua Baker– PhD student. Thesis title:The development and function of Hana Keaka (Hawaiian Medium Theatre): A tool for storytelling, reclaiming history, language revitalization, and the empowerment of Hawaiian identity.

Tatere MacLeod – PhD student. Thesis title: Te mita o Ngāti Kahungunu.

Te Urukeiha Raharuhi - PhD student. Thesis title: Te kawa whakauru ora: Collective participation of Ngāti Hinekura in indigenous wellbeing research.

Tihomir Rangelov – PhD student. Thesis title: Documenting Axamb, a Small Island Language of Vanuatu.

Recent Publications

  • Wehi, P. M., Cox, M. P., Roa, T., & Whaanga, H. (2018). Correction to: Human perceptions of megafaunal extinction events revealed by linguistic analysis of indigenous oral traditions (vol 46, pg 461-470, 2018). Human Ecology, 46(4), 471. doi:10.1007/s10745-018-0012-0

  • Calude, A., Harper, S., Miller, S., & Whaanga, H. (2018). 'Matariki' – investigating the use of Maori loanwords in New Zealand English. In NWAVE-AP5 (New Ways of Analysing Variation - Asia Pacific 5) Conference. Conference held at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

  • Kusabs, I. A., Hicks, B. J., Quinn, J. M., Perry, W. L., & Whaanga, H. (2018). Evaluation of a traditional Māori harvesting method for sampling kōura (freshwater crayfish, Paranephrops planifrons ) and toi toi (bully, Gobiomorphus spp.) populations in two New Zealand streams. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 1-23. doi:10.1080/00288330.2018.1481437

  • Whaanga, H., Wehi, P., Cox, M., Roa, T., & Kusabs, I. (2018). Māori oral traditions record and convey indigenous knowledge of marine and freshwater resources. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 1-10. doi:10.1080/00288330.2018.1488749

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